UNH Wildcat Productions

In July 2011, University of New Hampshire athletics' created UNH Wildcat Productions, the department's video and television entity. In collaboration with athletic communications, UNH Wildcat Productions oversees video streaming, video features, video replay and manages relationships with local and national television providers. The department is most notably known for its production of a monthly magazine television show, live video streaming online and live games broadcast on WBIN-TV and Fox College Sports.

 

BROADCASTS / WEBCASTS

Since 2011, UNH Wildcat Productions has teamed up with Pack Network, a Boston-based production company, to produce and transmit live television games in high-definition over the Internet via IP technology. At the forefront of broadcasting technology, the duo was featured by Sports Video Group in January 2012. The article focuses on transmitting games at a more affordable rate by eliminating a satellite truck from the equation (ARTICLE: UNH, Pack Network Transmit HD Broadcasts Via IP With VidyoCast).

 
Highlights from UNH/UMass men's hockey on WBIN and FCS (Mar. 2013)

During the 2013-14 season, Wildcat Productions produced nine TV games entirely in-house, a first for the department, including game two of the Hockey East quarterfinal match-up between the Wildcats and Northeastern (Mar. 15, 2014).

In addition to having a unique, cost-effective way of transmitting games, UNH Wildcat Productions also incorporates a number of students at the university into each broadcast. From operating a camera to conducting interviews, students gain a tremendous amount of on-the-job training in a field that is rapidly growing. A typical game includes three camera operators, a graphics or replay operator, and a timeout coordinator.

UNH Wildcat Productions provides an impressive viewing experience for over 100 live events each year online at UNHWildcats.TV and AmericaEast.TV. Each webcast is presented in high-definition with select games incorporating multiple cameras, instant replay and commentators. 

UNHWildcats.TV has been the Wildcat digital network since 2009 and currently features football, men's and women's hockey, and gymnastics while AmericaEast.TV is the platform for volleyball, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's and women's basketball, swimming/diving and women's lacrosse.

Highlights from UNH/Vermont Women's Basketball on AmericaEast.TV (Jan. 2014)


INSIDE WILDCAT COUNTRY

In October 2011, Inside Wildcat Country debuted on WBIN-TV. Inside Wildcat Country is a monthly magazine show that offers fans an in-depth look at the inner workings of UNH Athletics, showcasing unique feature stories, game recaps and highlights. The show is hosted by UNH Athletics' Mike Murphy.

Each episode of Inside Wildcat Country spotlights a Wildcat coach. From storied playing careers to lengthy stints, IWC gives fans an inside look at the leaders of the 'Cats. Additionally, each month IWC gets viewers caught up with recent action in Durham with highlights, game recaps and scores, presented by Service Credit Union. 

Inside Wildcat Country also goes where no fan has gone before when it goes behind-the-scenes. Previous segments include special events such as the Colonial Clash, men's hockey on the road, and the inspiring story behind Operation Hat Trick.  

Currently, six episodes air October through March on WBIN-TV. Check local listings for air times.

IWC: Behind-the-scenes look at Football pre-game (Nov. 2012)

Jared Fieldsend, Director of UNH Wildcat Productions, oversees all video content posted to UNHWildcats.com and serves as producer for Inside Wildcat Country by shooting/editing features for the show. Additionally, Fieldsend serves as director during television games with Pack Network, and coordinates live video streaming on UNHWildcats.TV. He spoke at the 2013 ECAC-SIDA workshop in Manchester about producing post-game video and broadcasting on a budget.

Fieldsend, a native of Somersworth (N.H.) who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from Thomas College (Waterville, ME) in May 2010, joined the athletic communications staff in August 2010.

 

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